Some relatives may be eligible to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. Depending on your circumstances, there are two options for who you can sponsor.
Option 1 – Orphaned close relatives
You can sponsor close relatives, related by blood or adoption, such as brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren only if they meet all of the following conditions:
- They are orphaned,
- They are under 18, and
- They do not have a spouse, common law partner, or conjugal partner.
Option 2 – other relatives
You may sponsor one relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age if you meet all of the following conditions:
- you do not have a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, or one of the following living relatives you could sponsor instead:
- son or daughter,
- brother or sister,
- uncle, aunt,
- nephew or niece.
- you do not have any of the above-named relatives who is a:
- Canadian citizen,
- permanent resident, or
- registered Indian under the Indian Act.
To be a sponsor you must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and;
- be 18 years or older and;
- meet set income guidelines, and
- agree in writing to give financial support to your relative and any other eligible relatives coming with them for up to 10 years, depending on their age and how you are related. (This time period begins on the date they become a permanent resident.